I've been plugging away at Beatrice and a secret project that I can't show you. I will show off pictures of Beatrice, though!
I started out by drafting the bodice. I started with New Look #6584:
bones. I then covered the chest area with burgundy Casa satin and the rest of the bodice with brown Casa.
left the bottom free-hanging and draped it on my dummy, since the
pattern was close-fitting to the hips and I needed it to flare out over
Next I draped out the skirt. I used Simplicity 1910:
It had a lot of pleating I had to drape out, but I couldn't find my favorite McCalls pattern for gored skirts,
so I made do. After draping and sewing the underskirt I used the
pattern to cut the overskirt and draped it on the dummy, cutting the
Next I went for mocking up sleeves. I used the sleeve from Simplicity 9891:
was really lucky because it fit the bodice hole with little alteration
needed. I cut the base of the sleeve out of burgundy muslin, but I
needed to create a pattern for those puffs, so I slashed and spread the base pattern of my mock-up to create the stacked puffs:
Next I ironed on the gold trim. The sleeves are ready to be sewn together now:
it is with the bodice over the skirt mockup. Wow, this shows just how
much I need to put netting on that hoop, the hoop show-through is